January 15, 2009 08:50:08pm
USS SAN FRANCISCO - last set of pics
Pic 1: More impact point.
Pic 2: The green painted hull in the lower left is the front of the pressure hull. A submarine is essentiall a can within a can. The outer can hoses the fairings and external equipment. The internal can is the pressure hull which is what keeps the water out of the people part.
Pic 3: Note the hump or ripple in the hull just aft of where the most forward sailor is walking. The hump is about 1 1/2 feet high and illustrates the crumpling that happened to the hull as the force of the collision was dissipated. The hull is 4 inch thick steel plate. Much of the wreckage shown in the earlier pics has been cleared away. Looking down the port side you can see where the hull was scraped as she slid along the seamount following the collision. She was damn lucky that she hit nearly head on. The bow is the strongest part of the hull. Had she been 10 degrees to starboard, she likely would have scraped the port side ballast tanks completely off the pressure hull. If that had happened the ship would not have had sufficient bouyancy to surface and would have been lost with all hands.
The following are the opening verse and submariner's verses from the Navy Hymn.
"Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidst the might ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!
Bless those who serve beneath the deep,
Through lonely hours their vigil keep.
May peace their mission ever be,
Protect each one we ask of thee.
Bless those at home who wait and pray,
For their return by night or day.
Lord God, our power evermore,
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea;
Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep
Them safe from peril in the deep." Attachment: 16_Drydock.jpgAttachment: 18_Drydock.jpgAttachment: Media2.jpg